After engaging in a preliminary “thick” description of Frank King’s panel, I was left with many questions concerning the significance of the many characteristics featured on it. Further, I was curious to discover how those pieces of material culture are still relevant today.
In order to understand the different characteristics on the panel, I had to move a step further than deep description. After describing the varying qualitative and quantitative qualities presented on King’s panel, the next step is to conduct secondary research. This process is similar to that which an archivist would engage in when investigating related archives to form a collection. For our purposes, I will instead investigate the related pieces on the panel, in hopes of completely understanding the panel’s significance.
Burrage, Joe and Alice Demi. Buddy Programs for People Infected with HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Vol. 14, No. 1. January 2003. Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Date Accessed: 21 February 2018.
Joe Burrage and Alice Demi are the authors of the scholarly article Buddy Programs for People Infected with HIV. This source provides a scholarly source in the form of a complete statistical study. The purpose of the article is to report the results of a study conducted on the relationship between clients and volunteers at buddy programs.
Although this study is intended for nurses in AIDS care, I believe anyone who is interested in joining a buddy program, but wants proof of its benefit, would be
interested in this source.
This study on buddy programs is extremely thorough, allowing a deeper understanding of a detail mentioned in the letter that accompanied King’s panel.
In the letter, King is described as an AIDS activist who was an original member of GMHC’s Buddy Program. This study helps us understand the roles one would play as a volunteer and a client in this program, showing exactly how King was likely involved in this type of program.
Eckardt, Stephanie. The Met Breuer Wants You to Take Candies, Not Photos. W Magazine. Conde Nast. 16 March 2016. Date Accessed: 21 February 2018.
Stephanie Eckardt is an Art & Design journalist for W magazine who wrote The Met Breuer Wants You to Take Candies, Not Photos. This source offers basic information on Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) and gives an image analysis. The purpose of this text is to help audiences understand an installation art work that was previewed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Met Breuer.
As indicated by the title of the text, this source is intended for young people who frequent the Met Breuer, but may not understand the significance of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.). Furthermore, someone who may have visited the Met Breuer and saw this piece, but perhaps did not understand it, would be interested in this source.
This source connects to my panel by showing the lasting impact of Haring’s AIDS activism in the art world. Felix Gonzales-Torres’s Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) is an installation piece of 175 pounds of candy in a corner. Visitors are encouraged to take pieces of candy, causing the 175 pound pile of candy to lose its weight. This pile of candy is representative of Torres’s late friend Ross’s weight, which slowly depleted till his death due to his diagnosis with AIDS.
Gefter, Philip. The Place Beyond the Fire Island Pines. The New York Times. T Magazine. 23 October 2017. Date Accessed: 22 February 2018.
Philip Gefter is a journalist for T Magazine, the New York Time’s style magazine, who wrote The Place Beyond the Fire Island Pines. It offers historical information on Fire Island Pines, NY and its LGBTQ+ safe haven history, as well as primary source photographs. The purpose of this text is to inform audiences of the influence Fire Island Pines had on the LGBTQ+ community and how this relationship changed Fire Island Pines then, and now.
The audience this is intended to reach is young people, with interest in fashion, who are curious of why modern day Colombia County, NY is considered a gay utopia. A young gay man who is visiting Fire Island Pines for the first time and wonders why so many other gay men visit this park may be interested in this source.
This source clarifies a detail mentioned in the letter submitted with King’s quilt. In the letter, it is reported that King visited Fire Island Pines religiously– nearly every summer. He loved it so much that he spent his last moments there and requested that his ashes be sprinkled there. This source helps us understand why Fire island Pines would be such a significant part of Frank King’s life.
Sheff, David. Keith Haring: Just Say Know. The Rolling Stones. August 10, 1989. Date Accessed: February 21, 2018.
David Sheff is a journalist for the Rolling Stones who wrote the piece Keith Haring: Just Say Know. This source offers an interview that Sheff conducted with Keith Haring in 1989. The purpose of the interview was to give audiences a personal look at Keith Haring’s life after his AIDS diagnosis and to help them further understand the sex campaign he was conducting at the time.
This interview was intended to reach is young adults, since the focus of Keith Haring’s safe sex campaign was to educate young adults. I would recommend this source to someone who is interested in learning about how LGBTQ+ activism and the art world interconnect.
This source helps contextualize the Debbie Dick illustration on King’s panel by hearing Keith Haring explain its significance himself. In the interview, Haring explains how his Just Say Know campaign incorporated the character Debbie Dick in order to make young people more comfortable when talking about safe sex. He also touches on his own journey after being diagnosed with AIDS and sarcoma, a cancer that often accompanies AIDS diagnosis.